I’m not sure who coined the phrase, “the simple life” but it sure sounds appealing. I don’t know what comes to your mind when you think of the simple life, but it’s likely somewhere beyond your grasp. Life is rarely simple, but I believe it’s often because of the complications we choose to take on.
Our task this week is to consider simplicity in contrast to complexity brought on by impulsivity. The resource for this challenge is the Bible and its focal point, Jesus. It was Jesus who once said, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and you will find rest for your souls.” That’s not exactly “simplicity” but it’s pretty darn close.
In 1 Timothy 6:6, we pick up on the end of a letter from the apostle Paul to his young protege, Timothy. In this verse (and others surrounding it), Paul is instructing Timothy to keep the focus of his pastoral ministry godly and content. This was in stark contrast to some “pastors” who found that (the appearance of) godliness led to financial gain. It turns out there were televangelist types before there were televisions.
The road to the simple life is likely not smooth, but it is rewarding. I’m convinced the simple life is where Jesus points, it’s where Paul directs Timothy toward, and it’s where I hope our study together this week will lead us.
Ask God to lead you down the path of contentment in a conversation of prayer.